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  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 7:21:14 PM PDT · by oohebo
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to...
  • Parents Fail in NJ ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

    08/02/2014 9:50:30 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    News Room Jersey ^ | 08/02/2014 | Mary Marshall
    A state federal judge has struck down a lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s ban on “sexual orientation change efforts” or SOCE, as they are referred to in court. This is the second time in nine months a judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a practice called conversion therapy. Gov. Chris Christie signed the law that banned the practice in NJ last year, according to the Associated Press.
  • 'Vampire therapy' could reverse ageing, scientists find

    05/05/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/05/2014 | Sarah Knapton,
    It may seem the stuff of gothic horror novels, but transfusions of young blood could reverse the ageing process and even cure Alzheimer’s Disease, scientists believe. Throughout history, cultures across the globe have extolled the properties of youthful blood, with children sacrificed and the blood of young warriors drunk by the victors. It was even rumoured that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il injected himself with blood from healthy young virgins to slow the ageing process. Now scientists have found that young blood actually ‘recharges’ the brain, forms new blood vessels and improves memory and learning. In parallel research, scientists...
  • Pro-Choice: Defending the Right NOT to be Gay

    04/10/2014 8:02:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    In an article I wrote recently, Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle, I argued that there are no specifically anti-gay laws, only laws distinguishing between single individuals and married couples. There is one law that I missed.  California law SB-1172 Sexual orientation change efforts actually does intentionally and specifically discriminate against people based solely on their sexual orientation.  The law states: “This bill would prohibit a mental health provider, as defined, from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, with a patient under 18 years of age.  The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a...
  • Britain's littlest shepherd and a bond between boy and sheep that will melt your heart

    12/26/2013 7:45:57 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-26-13 | Frances Hardy
    Boxing Day morning is traditionally a time for long sleeps and leisurely breakfasts. But while most of Britain takes it easy after yesterday’s festivities, little Arthur Jones will be out in the Dorset countryside mending fences. Many winter mornings have seen him out in the fields, hammering tacks into a post, wearing his favourite tweed cap. He also feeds the sheep, rattling a tiny pail containing a handful of pellets. ‘Come on Twinkle!’ he calls to a ewe with a dense white fleece and a calm demeanour, who dutifully trots across to him. So far, so ordinary for a hard-working...
  • NIH Stops Therapy Dogs From Visiting Sick Children

    10/08/2013 3:33:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/7/13 | Penny Starr
    ( – The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health has suspended its dog therapy program because of the government shutdown, according to John Burklow, spokesperson for NIH. Burklow said the dogs, which pay visits to patients in the hospital, including children with cancer, have to seen by veterinarians, and a “team” on staff made the decision to suspend program. “A vet needs to evaluate the dogs, and given that there is a 25 percent reduction in staff (furloughed), we focus our activities and staffing on the care of patients already at our hospital,” Burklow said.
  • (Planet of the Apes Goes PC) - 'Sexist' Gorilla Being Kicked Out of Dallas Zoo; Ape To Get Therapy

    09/26/2013 5:04:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Lee Moran
    'Sexist' gorilla being kicked out of Dallas Zoo Patrick, a 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was born in the Bronx Zoo in 1990, has nipped at female apes he was to mate with and even bit one, and has belittled others. Patrick will be transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. A "sexist" male gorilla at Dallas Zoo is being evicted and sent for therapy after he bit one female companion and belittled others. Patrick — a 430-pound Western lowland born at New York's Bronx Zoo in 1990 — will be moved to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens...
  • NJ's Gay Therapy Ban Attacks 'Right to Self-Determination,' Argues Lawsuit

    08/26/2013 3:33:33 PM PDT · by Center2Right
    The Christian Post ^ | August 26 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    As lawmakers get ready to head back to Capitol Hill, Tampa Bay Catholics are joining believers across the country to push for immigration reform. "It's really a three-prong approach, through prayer, education and advocacy," said Sabrina Burton Schultz, director of the Diocese of St. Petersburg's life ministry office. The diocese of 321,459 Catholics, which covers Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, is encouraging parishioners to contact politicians about the issue. The diocese also is organizing a candlelight prayer vigil, Hispanic Mass and a pilgrimage of the images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Lujan. Schultz said...
  • Gov. Christie Signs Discrimination Into Law

    08/20/2013 7:54:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2013 | Michael Brown
    Despite his “concerns about [the] government limiting parental choice on the care and treatment of their own children,” Governor Chris Christie signed into law a ban on ex-gay therapy for minors, thereby committing an outrageous act against both the people of New Jersey and his own Catholic faith. Buying into the standard gay activist talking points, Christie explained that “on issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards,” because of which he felt this government intrusion into doctor-patient relationships was justified. As for Christie’s personal views, he...
  • NJ governor signs ban on gay conversion therapy

    08/19/2013 12:34:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies ^ | 19 Aug 13 | Associated Press
    Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California. The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support in June. Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly gay, described the therapy as "an insidious form of child abuse." In a note accompanying the bill, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual...
  • Yes, Gay is a Choice. Get Over It.

    08/04/2013 9:16:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    Crystal Dixon of the University of Toledo was fired for writing an editorial in a local newspaper. She referred to Exodus and mentioned people who chose to leave the gay lifestyle. The case against Dixon is based purely on wild assumption that gay men cannot stop themselves from having anal sex or engaging in fellatio. These assumptions bestialize and infantilize gay men. Dixon said that gays had the choice to leave the lifestyle (in other words, stop engaging in anal sex and fellatio). According to her detractors, such was tantamount to being anti-gay. Her detractors are following the lead of...
  • Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy

    07/17/2013 12:14:13 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-17-2013 | Ian Sample
    People with Down's syndrome are at greater risk of heart defects, leukaemia and early-onset dementia. Photograph: Getty Images Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for the disorder. In an elegant series of experiments, US researchers took cells from people with Down's and silenced the extra chromosome that causes the condition. A treatment based on the work remains a distant hope, but scientists in the field said the feat was the first major step towards a "chromosome therapy" for Down's syndrome....
  • 5 Surprising Facts About Gay Conversion Therapy

    06/04/2013 8:15:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 130 replies
    LiveScience ^ | June 4, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    Gay Therapy Gay conversion therapy, as it is known, supposedly helps gay people overcome same-sex attractions. But mainstream psychologists say the therapy is ineffective, unethical and often harmful, exacerbating anxiety and self-hatred among those treated for what is not a mental disorder. In 2013, two cases involving the therapy to convert gay people into heterosexuals hit the courts, with one seeking to sue counselors who offer the therapy and the other seeking to defend them. Here are five things you need to know about the therapy and the current lawsuits.
  • Congressman's Gay Son Touts Benefit From Reparative Therapy

    04/18/2013 3:14:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/18/2013 | By Michael Gryboski
    The openly gay son of a conservative Republican Congressman has stated that he benefitted from undergoing the controversial practice of reparative therapy as a teenager. Matt R. Salmon, son of Ariz. Rep. Matt Salmon, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that his taking of "ex-gay" conversation therapy helped him be more comfortable around other men. "Looking back, I don't regret it. The goal was to become straight, and it turns out what I took away from it was an increased confidence," said Salmon, who entered therapy at age 18. "A big part of it was really teaching me to make relationships with...
  • Group Sues California Over Bill Banning Reparative Therapy for Gay Teens

    10/02/2012 2:06:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A conservative legal group has announced that it will file suit against the State of California over its recent passing of a law banning reparative therapy for homosexual minors. Liberty Counsel announced the suit on Monday, bringing it on behalf of families, counselors, and the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). "The California governor and legislature are putting their own preconceived notions and political ideology ahead of children and their rights to get access to counseling that meets their needs," said Liberty Counsel in a statement. "This law undermines parental rights. Mental health decisions should be left...
  • Ann Romney on recovering from MS, carrying the olympic torch in 2002

    07/29/2012 7:49:18 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 21 replies
    State-Controlled CNN ^ | July 27th, 2012
    Broadcasting out of his native England, this evening Piers Morgan welcomes Mitt and Ann Romney for a candid and revealing conversation that comes alongside the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London. A decade since the Romneys helped host the 2002 Olympics in their home state of Utah, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host walks the couple down memory lane: "There was a very poignant moment, when you were asked to allow someone who was your hero, to hold the torch. And you chose your wife," reviewed Morgan. "Tell me about that."
  • California may ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy

    05/21/2012 11:28:23 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 8, 2012 | Hannah Dreier
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse. Supporters say the legislation, which passed its final Senate committee Tuesday, is necessary because such treatments are ineffective and harmful.
  • Funeral home mourns therapy dog Oliver

    01/18/2012 10:21:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    JS Online ^ | 1-18-12 | Amy Rabideau Silvers
    Oliver's photo still hangs at the Krause Funeral Homes, but he is no longer available to help grieving families. First a Krause family pet, Oliver ended up working most of his life as a therapy dog. "I remember one little boy, maybe about 8 years old, who wouldn't talk after a sibling died," funeral director Mark Krause said. "But he talked and talked to Oliver. "Oliver worked maybe a thousand funerals in his day, maybe more," he said. "What he did was really magical. People in their suits and dresses would get down on the floor to pet him." Oliver...
  • Woman tells how she turned to the sex industry to fund her studies

    12/15/2011 9:07:49 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:26 PM on 15th December 2011 | By Jessica Satherley
    After it was revealed yesterday that an increasing number of women are using the sex industry to pay their way through university, one woman has told her story of stripping while studying. Emma Green, of Glamorgan, Wales, turned to stripping on a webcam for men and earned Ł200-a-week to fund her studies. The 25-year-old, who studied multi-media design at Glamorgan University before spending another year at a beauty therapy college in 2009, says a normal part-time job was out of the question because of her intense course workload.
  • Anthony Weiner checks into treatment center as Nancy Pelosi, other top Dems call on him to resign

    06/12/2011 7:39:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/11/11 | Alison Gendar, Matthew Lysiak and Jonathan Lemire
    Anthony Weiner checks into treatment center as Nancy Pelosi, other top Dems call on him to resignBY Alison Gendar, Matthew Lysiak and Jonathan Lemire DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Updated: Saturday, June 11th 2011, 10:45 PM Lusty lawmaker Anthony Weiner checked into a treatment center for his randy behavior Saturday - but it may not be enough to save his job. Weiner will be seeking help in the wake of the sexting scandal that put his career on life support, just as several of the country's most powerful Democrats simultaneously called on him to quit. "Congressman Weiner departed this morning to...
  • Therapy to change 'feminine' boy created a troubled man, family says

    06/08/2011 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Los Angeles (CNN) -- Kirk Andrew Murphy seemed to have everything to live for. He put himself through school. He had a successful 8-year career in the Air Force. After the service, he landed a high profile position with an American finance company in India. But in 2003 at age 38, Kirk Murphy took his own life. A co-worker found him hanging from the fan of his apartment in New Delhi. His family has struggled for years to understand what happened. "I used to spend so much time thinking, why would he kill himself at the age of 38? It...
  • Gene therapy reverses type 1 diabetes in mice with 78% success rate

    06/06/2011 6:46:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    An experimental cure for Type 1 diabetes has a nearly 80 percent success rate in curing diabetic mice. The results, to be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston, offer possible hope of curing a disease that affects 3 million Americans. "With just one injection of this gene therapy, the mice remain diabetes-free long term and have a return of normal insulin levels in the body," said Vijay Yechoor, MD, the principal investigator and an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Yechoor and his co-workers used their new gene therapy in a nonobese...
  • Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find

    05/22/2011 2:22:31 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 21st 2011 | Benedict Carey
    Between unresolved family conflicts, relationship struggles and his mixed-race identity, James Puckett had enough on his mind in college that he sought professional help. But after bouncing from one therapist to another, he still felt stuck. “They were all female, and they did give me some comfort,” said Mr. Puckett, 30, who works for a domestic-abuse program in Wisconsin. “But I was getting the same rhetoric about changing my behavior without any challenge to see the bigger picture of what was behind these very male coping reactions, like putting your hand through a wall.” He decided to seek out a...
  • A Late Dose of Thursday Therapy

    05/06/2011 11:05:37 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-05-11 | Regalo Di Spine
    Sometimes we all get stuck in a rut. Events around us seem to be ever-changing but we just can’t seem to motivate ourselves to change with them. We do the same things we have always done and we end up with the same results we always get and there just doesn’t seem to be a way break the routines with which we have saddled ourselves. If this is you, let us provide you with some ideas – gleaned from literally a fraction of an hour of research on the internet – tailored to your specific situation. Let us help you...
  • Homophobic remarks defended after therapist was set up by gays

    01/17/2011 9:16:31 AM PST · by scottjewell · 16 replies
    The Parliament ^ | 17 Jan 2011 | Martin Banks
    UK Conservative party leader David Cameron has been urged to condemn "breathtaking" comments about gay people by Tory MEP Roger Helmer. On Sunday, Helmer tweeted: "Why is it OK for a surgeon to perform a sex-change operation, but not OK for a psychiatrist to try to 'turn' a consenting homosexual?" He was responding to an article at the weekend in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper about how a British psychotherapist who tried to "convert" a gay man to become heterosexual now faces being struck off. Lesley Pilkington, 60, a psychotherapist for 20 years, faces being stripped of her accreditation to the...
  • Stress--Dealing With From a Christian Perspective

    11/19/2010 12:47:44 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 4 replies
    MSMB ^ | November 19, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    Today, I want to discuss stress. We live in a time and age where stress is common, rampant, and so intense that it has become a tremendous challenge sometimes to simply maintain composure. Stress is a draining mechanism that can easily take our focus off of the Lord and dwell on our own troubles. Now, to us Christians, there are three major types of stress we should examine....... Work-Related Stress: Back in June, a friend of mine and I went to a restaurant we both like. When the waitress came to our table, she had a “brain freeze” for a...
  • Bizarre: You Can Now See A Therapist Over Your iPhone

    09/14/2010 12:23:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 14, 2010 | Josh Dzieza
    Attention, smartphone addicts: Now you can get treatment for that addiction through the very device that enslaves you. Josh Dzieza on psychology’s new technological frontier. Plenty of people joke about their addictions to their “CrackBerries,” and there’s likely more than a bit of truth to that. (Indeed, the new DSM, the mental health bible for psychologists, may include “Internet addiction” among its many pathologies.) But while smartphones can certainly enable compulsive behavior, surprisingly psychologists are increasingly seeing them as a tool with potential mental health benefits. Capitalizing on the ubiquity of the increasingly powerful mobile devices nearly everyone carries around...
  • My Life in Therapy

    08/05/2010 4:28:12 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | DAPHNE MERKIN
    All those years, all that money, all that unrequited love. It began way back when I was a child, an anxiety-riddled 10-year-old who didn’t want to go to school in the morning and had difficulty falling asleep at night. Even in a family like mine, where there were many siblings (six in all) and little attention paid to dispositional differences, I stood out as a neurotic specimen. And so I was sent to what would prove to be the first of many psychiatrists in the four and a half decades to follow — indeed, I could be said to be...
  • Please Pray for Judy

    06/27/2010 7:29:36 AM PDT · by \/\/ayne · 168 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity Post | 06/26/2010 | \/\/ayne
    I'm asking for prayer from my FRiends. Wednesday my wife Judy and I went to emergency because her left arm and leg were very, very weak. After tests it turns out she has ovarian or uterine cancer which has spread to 5 tumors in the brain and two on her lungs. One of the brain tumors is causing her left arm and leg to be almost completely paralyzed. She is checked into TMC Hospital and has already begun radiation treatment on the brain tumors. She will have two weeks of that. They will most likely also have surgery for...
  • Conference in Italy with Dr. Joseph Nicolosi

    06/24/2010 8:13:51 AM PDT · by Maelstorm ^ | JUNE 23, 2010 | By Lucia Braghini
    "'Diversity' also includes those of us with more traditional anthropological viewpoints." On May 21-22, 2010, a conference entitled "Gender Identity and Freedom" was held in Brescia, Italy and attended by 168 people. The first seminar was entitled, "The Approach to Unwanted Homosexuality: Psychological Treatment Tools," and was aimed at psychologists, educators, and professionals, with 99 attendees. The second, "Gender Identity: The Condition and Causes of Homosexuality" was open to the members of the twelve associations that had organized the conference … As soon as news got out that a conference with Dr. Nicolosi would be held in Brescia, interest about...
  • Mute Boy Spoke for First Time After Getting Puppy; Silent Again After Thieves Dognap Pup

    05/19/2010 3:26:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 788+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, May 19th 2010 | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    He lost his puppy - and his voice. A 4-year-old mute boy who spoke for the first time after getting a dog for his birthday went silent again after the puppy was stolen. Liam Hainsworth, of West Yorkshire, England, is heartbroken over the loss of his best friend, a pug named Milie. "There's no words coming out but you just know he's screaming 'Where is Milie? Where is she?' inside," his worried mother, Aimee Hainsworth, 24, told London's Daily Mail. "Milie really was his best friend. They would play together happily for hours. None of his toys has ever held...
  • Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences

    05/08/2010 8:23:33 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 17 replies · 1,215+ views
    The New English Review ^ | Nicolai Sennels
    When I first read about Nicolai Sennels’ work concerning therapy, which he had conducted with criminal Muslims in Denmark, I knew that it would be groundbreaking. I hope that you the reader will listen closely to what he has to say. I also had the opportunity to conduct prison interviews of Muslim detainees, which were not interrogations. Minneapolis has the largest diaspora of Somali Muslims outside of Mogadishu, and there was an overload in the county jail. I was trying to decide if I wanted to draw up a research project. Pressured for time and with too many other responsibilities...
  • FDA approves immune-boosting therapy for prostate cancer

    04/30/2010 6:15:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/30/2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    The Food and Drug Administration approved a new immune-boosting therapy for prostate cancer on Thursday, the first therapeutic vaccine for cancer ever approved by the agency. The approval opens the door to a whole new approach to cancer therapy, adding a unique weapon to the arsenal of oncologists. The vaccine, Provenge, has been shown to extend survival in patients with advanced prostate cancer by four months, more than twice as long as chemotherapy, and to increase three-year survival by 38%. A lot of people have been working in labs, biotechs and pharma companies looking for a proof of principle" that...
  • Fear & Phobias - an enlightening and compassionate video. (NOT)

    03/27/2010 1:31:09 PM PDT · by Chasaway · 4 replies · 335+ views
    Well, I learned a lot from this video... We must be careful around each other. There's just no telling what we might do to cause another person distress. Funny stuff anyway, though. C
  • Gay 'Marriage' Activists Forcing Pro-Family Views out of California Therapist Association

    03/16/2010 10:20:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 366+ views
    Life Site ^ | March 15, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SAN DIEGO, California, March 15, 2010 ( – Abandoning its long-held neutrality on the marriage debate, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has slowly come to disavow pro-family views and sexual orientation therapy as "homophobic." Instead it now warmly supports homosexuality as a "normal and positive" variant of sexuality - all thanks to pressure by gay activists who have openly vowed to transform the organization from within. The disturbing result of the activists' tactics, says one anonymous CAMFT intern, is that pro-family therapists in California are becoming increasingly afraid to speak up in favor of natural marriage...
  • Wounded Warriors, Veterans Find Therapy on Ski Slopes

    03/12/2010 4:19:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 139+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    MERCERSBURG, Pa., March 12, 2010 – Matthew Bilancia addresses the slopes like a man on a mission, cutting and edging his snowboard down the mountain with the confidence and passion of someone who’s been doing it all his life. Army Spc. Tonya Jacobs, injured in an on-the-job accident in Kuwait in 2008, laces up her ski boots for a wounded warrior adaptive sports session March 11, 2010, at Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. The USO of Metropolitan Washington and the Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation sponsored the event. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden  (Click...
  • Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes

    01/17/2010 9:18:53 PM PST · by Saije · 31 replies · 997+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/17/2010 | Leslie Kaufman
    Gordon Fleming is, by his own account, an environmentally sensitive guy. He bikes 12 1/2 miles to and from his job at a software company outside Santa Barbara, Calif. He recycles as much as possible and takes reusable bags to the grocery store. Still, his girlfriend, Shelly Cobb, feels he has not gone far enough. Ms. Cobb chides him for running the water too long while he shaves or showers. And she finds it “depressing,” she tells him, that he continues to buy a steady stream of items online when her aim is for them to lead a less materialistic...
  • Make Art Not War Doesn't Seem To Work

    12/30/2009 3:03:58 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 6 replies · 316+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 12/30/2009 | Sean Higgins
    An otherwise fine Washington Post column about the attempted Christmas airplane bombing and the al-Qaida ties ended with this baffling passage: One of the top leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is Said al-Shihri, 36, a Saudi national. He was captured in Pakistan in December 2001 and spent six years in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before being transferred to Saudi Arabia in November 2007. In Saudi Arabia, he entered a highly praised rehabilitation program that uses dialogue and art therapy to persuade former militants to renounce extremism. But after graduating, Shihri crossed the border into Yemen...
  • Alternative Therapies Debunked or Denounced in 2009

    12/12/2009 4:02:09 PM PST · by decimon · 26 replies · 799+ views
    Live Science ^ | Dec 12, 2009 | Christopher Wanjek
    If there's a silver lining in the continued popularity of non-scientific healing techniques, it's the fact that the scientific community is at long last putting these so-called treatments and potions through vigorous testing. And one by one they fail to live up to their purported benefits. Here are five alternative therapies that were debunked or denounced in 2009.
  • $2 Trillion “really isn’t a lot of money” (so says US Rep from PA)

    08/30/2009 5:32:05 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 31 replies · 835+ views
    Bohicaville ^ | 8/30/09 | jeffsher63
    US Representative Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), recently graced us with his presence on the airwaves of Northeast PA by doing a “Radio Town Hall” on WILK. Over the August recess, he has done 1 “Telephone Town Hall” in which his staff chose who asked questions, and this “Radio Town Hall”, and refuses to meet face-to-face with his constituents, as he just doesn’t have the time to do so. In discussing the recent upward revision of the projected 10 year US budget deficit from $7 Trillion to $9 Trillion, he remarked that the $2 Trillion difference “really isn’t a lot of money…”.
  • Encouraged to talk about it

    08/24/2009 8:01:27 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies · 524+ views
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | August 16, 2009 | By Scott Gold
    It was the middle of the night. I was asleep. My mom came in and started punching me. She said I didn't fold my clothes right. I threw her off of me. She was real drunk. She started on me again. The police came. She said: 'What? I'm just kicking my son's ass.' Just another night. -- Carlos, 17 :: The little school in South Los Angeles is the end of the road, reserved for those who have bombed out of the rest of the system. The mildest cases were merely kicked out of their last school. The toughest are...
  • Gay to straight: APA reports that identity and behavior can be changed to affirm religious beliefs

    08/15/2009 7:33:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 999+ views
    WORLD MAGAZINE ^ | 8/15/2009 | Alisa Harris
    Psychologist Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of psychology at Grove City College, Pennsylvania once met a woman who was in a lifelong lesbian relationship and suddenly, with no prefaced desire to leave her lesbian lifestyle, fell in love with a guy at work. She left her lesbian partner and married the man. The American Psychological Association just published a report on whether therapists can make this change happen. In examining change therapy, which claims that people with homosexual desires can switch to heterosexual desires, the report says there is insufficient evidence that the therapies work. But it also found that while...
  • Report criticizes 'cure' for gays (Authored by gay activists but Narth Allowed to Participate)

    08/14/2009 7:24:01 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 7 replies · 642+ views ^ | August 7, 2009 | Julia Duin
    The report was compiled by a six-member task force that admitted to a built-in bias that "same-sex sexual attractions, behavior and orientations per se are normal and positive variants of human sexuality and are not indicators of either mental or developmental disorders." The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) said the task force was stacked with gay or gay-friendly activists who would naturally conclude that reparative therapy does not work. "No APA member who offers reorientation therapy was allowed to join the task force," said David Pruden, NARTH vice president. "In fact, one can make the case...
  • speech therapy

    08/03/2009 6:45:00 PM PDT · by franksolich · 2 replies · 921+ views
    conservativecave ^ | August 3, 2009 | franksolich
    The summer I was a sophomore, about to become a junior, in college, one day I was sitting by myself in the "gun room" of a wholesale hardware dealership, looking out the window at the moving-van company across the street. I was nineteen years old, and thinking about the future. I liked the wholesale hardware business, and I liked what I was doing, but I quite reasonably assumed that by the time I would be in my mid-20s, tracking firearms was not going to interest me as much as it presently did. Until then, I had been pretty laid-back and...
  • OUT THERE: Young violinist touches older heartstrings

    07/13/2009 9:12:58 PM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies · 580+ views
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | July 14, 2009 | By David Kelly
    Alexander Knecht unpacked his violin and sheet music and slipped into Marvin Baker's dimly lit hospital room. "Hello, Mr. Baker, is it OK if I play a hymn for you?" he asked brightly. The 81-year-old patient, bedridden by a series of illnesses and unable to respond, stared blankly at the wall. Knecht lifted his bow and played "Rock of Ages," the lilting sounds swiftly displacing the room's cold quiet. "I hope you liked that," he said. Silence. "I play for him every week," Knecht said, stepping into the corridor. "He can't speak very well, but he appreciates the music, I...
  • Trial drugs 'reverse' Alzheimer's

    05/07/2009 12:40:26 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 15 replies · 977+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/9/09
    US scientists say they have successfully reversed the effects of Alzheimer's with experimental drugs. The drugs target and boost the function of a newly pinpointed gene involved in the brain's memory formation. In mice, the treatment helped restore long-term memory and improve learning for new tasks, Nature reports.
  • Is Obama in Therapy?

    04/08/2009 10:09:23 AM PDT · by CMoran325 · 12 replies · 598+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | April 8, 2009 | Colette Moran
    For one brief moment the President had me:"But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad."But of course, there was the mumbo-jumbo before and after, denigrating America, that totally negates it.It feels to me as though Obama thinks he's in couple therapy. That he believes he has to make amends for the tiniest of transgressions. That he has taken on the role of a neglectful husband who has...
  • Some Therapists Still Treat Homosexuality: Study

    03/30/2009 3:34:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 664+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 26, 2009
    A small but significant minority of mental health professionals in Britain offer treatments to lesbians and gays so they can become heterosexual, according to a study released on Thursday. Responding to a survey, psychiatrists and psychologists reported using techniques ranging from counselling to aversion therapy, despite a lack of evidence that such treatments are beneficial, the study said. A team of researchers led by Michael King of University College Medical School questioned over 1,400 therapists. Four percent said they would attempt to change a client's sexual orientation if asked to do so. And one in six, or 17 percent, said...
  • Hormone replacement therapy

    02/11/2009 6:06:12 PM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 80 replies · 1,875+ views
    self ^ | 2-11-09 | self
    My wife is about to start Hormone replacement therapy and I have a lot of questions... Any opinions/experiences? Does it help? Or a scam? How much does it cost in the long run? Harmful?
  • Netherlands: Sex with Patient Allowed as Therapy

    08/29/2008 4:30:28 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies · 631+ views
    NIS News ^ | August 29 2008
    ZWOLLE, 30/08/08 - The Regional Disciplinary Council for Healthcare in Zwolle has produced a positive verdict on a clinic that treated a sexual offender by allowing a therapist to have sex with him. The sexual offender involved had complained to the council against the psychiatrist and the psychologist who thought up the experiment. He felt humiliated by having sex with the therapist. According to the council, it was however a question of "careful medical-scientific research." The 30 year old man was treated in the Pompe clinic, a so-called TBS clinic - for serious criminals regarded as non compos mentis by...